The Fall and Redemption of Man. The Fall of Man and Sin. Man was created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1: 27). The Fall of Man (Genesis 3). Man became sinful – he got a sinful nature. We sin because we are sinners NOT we are sinners because we sin
Man was created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1: 27)
We sin because we are sinners NOT we are sinners because we sin
Adam’s sinful nature was passed down to his descendents.
Cain killed Abel (Genesis 4)
Mankind did not get better but continued to get worse.
“The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time” (Genesis 6: 5)
“Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the Leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.” (Jeremiah 13: 23)
“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”
(Psalm 51: 5)
With all our education, technology, civilization, religion and sophistication man has not got any better. All these things cannot change the sinful nature of man.
“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24: 37)
We think that we are improving but we are deceived into thinking that we can better ourselves. The world is full of self improvement programs, yoga, etc.
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17: 9)
1) Man became blind to God – blind to righteousness and unrighteousness
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
2 Corinthians 4: 4
2) Self Centeredness
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5: 19 - 21
3) The Lust of the Flesh
For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world.
1 John 2: 16
For all have sinned and fall
short of the glory of God
Romans 3: 23
For the wages of sin is death
Romans 6: 23
“I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.” (Leviticus 11: 44)
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59: 2)
“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.”
(Psalm 103: 8)
“He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification”
(Romans 4: 25)
“In fact the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”
“For is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2: 8 – 9)
1) Forgive sins
2) Reconcile us to God
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5: 18)
3) Bring the hope of eternal life
“…a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time.” (Titus 1: 2)
4) Save us from our sins